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Leonie Barrie

Leonie BarrieBiography

Leonie Barrie joined just-style as managing editor 14 years ago, and during that time has been instrumental in steering the site's editorial content and direction. Under her leadership, just-style has raised its profile internationally, and today boasts a team of contributors around the world who provide a unique blend of up-to-the-minute news, research and analysis on the apparel and footwear industry and its supply chain.

An experienced business journalist with a background in fashion and textiles, Leonie has written extensively about global sourcing and production, technology, emerging markets, as well as retail, brand and marketing strategies. She has also interviewed industry leaders across the globe. As managing editor Leonie has travelled around the world to gain first-hand experience of the industry in various countries, and continues to deliver keynote speeches, chair roundtable and panel sessions at conferences, and write about the international apparel industry and the challenges and opportunities it faces. 

Columns by Leonie Barrie


just-style editor Leonie Barrie shares her thoughts on some of the top stories in the news.

Articles by Leonie Barrie

The stock-out paradox persists despite data overload 28 August 2015

Despite living in the ‘golden age of data,’ with retailers having access to unprecedented levels of information on shopping behaviour and trends, their planning and prediction efforts are still failing to meet consumer demand, a new survey suggests. And the problem seems to be most acute in fashion and footwear.

The EverShield fabric protection was developed to meet the demands of the US ArmyNew fabric protection with battlefield beginnings 28 August 2015

A fabric protection treatment developed to meet a challenge set by the US Army for a “self-cleaning” uniform” has now gone into production.

"Smart companies are going to survive," says Kurt CavanoInterview: The new age of disruption on apparel production 27 August 2015

In the first part of this two-part interview, Kurt Cavano, founder and chief strategy officer of cloud-based supply chain platform GT Nexus, discussed how easy access to capital and technology is shaking up the retail industry. Here he talks about its impact on apparel production.

“ThereInterview: Kurt Cavano on “the Uberfication of everything” 26 August 2015

Easy access to cheap capital, infinite computing power, and “the Uberfication of everything” are converging to create a perfect storm of disruption that's already starting to shake up the apparel retail industry, according to Kurt Cavano, founder and chief strategy officer of cloud-based supply chain platform GT Nexus.

Outdoor Retailer to stay in Salt Lake City through 2018 26 August 2015

Organisers of the Outdoor Retailer trade show have put an end to speculation about a potential change of venue by extending their contracts to remain in Salt Lake City through 2018.

The currency devaluation could benefit exports from China thanks to lower pricesYuan devaluation offers mixed fortunes for garment firms 25 August 2015

Apparel industry executives are playing down the potential impact of the decision by China's central bank to reduce the value of the yuan to its lowest rate against the US dollar in almost three years.

CPSC to pilot electronic filing of compliance data 20 August 2015

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has voted to pilot a programme to assess the electronic filing of certificates of compliance – a plan that is opposed by apparel and footwear firms.

JDA and IBM integrate omni-channel supply chain 20 August 2015

JDA Software Group is leveraging its collaboration with IBM Commerce to help companies process orders more intelligently and profitably across multiple sales channels in real-time.

HKRITA CEO Edwin Keh showcases competition suits designed for the Hong Kong rowing teamHong Kong apparel industry pins future on innovation 19 August 2015

China's rise over the past two decades as the leading location for apparel sourcing has had a knock-on effect on neighbouring Hong Kong, shifting its role from that of a manufacturer to a servicing and sourcing hub. And its competitive advantage going forward is likely to lie in innovation, industry executives suggest.

Checkpoint Systems app for real-time loss prevention 18 August 2015

Checkpoint Systems has launched a real-time app for smartphones and tablets that provides retailers with a tool to help manage loss prevention and merchandise availability.

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